Beggars' Caravan

Beggars' Caravan

 Cary, North Carolina, USA
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A tasty mix of mellow and funky rock with ultra-smooth vocals, dirty guitar, and life's soundtrack of lyrics.

Biography

Singer/songwriter Chris Barkley and guitarist/songwriter Kevin Thornton began their sorted collaborations during their college years at Appalachian State in Boone, NC, both already drawing on professional training on various instruments as well as performing both nationally and internationally. The pair soon rounded up seasoned local talent and well-respected session keyboardist Jay Shirley along with the accomplished duo of Brandon Allen on drums/percussion and Paul Benner on bass guitar. Brandons extensive experience and unique rhythmic playing style naturally intertwines with Pauls keen sense of grove establishing a mighty foundation to the smooth vocals and bright, complex leads and riffs that define the Caravan sound. In 2007, together with Grammy-nominated producer Ian Schreier, the band recorded and released their first studio album Take Me With You. Several tracks, including the single It Is What It Is, were featured on both terrestrial and Sirius XM Radio. The years to follow would bring an extensive tour schedule and the extraordinary honor to feature as the house band for a 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame event where they performed alongside band members of Traffic, Yes, Queen, and The Revolution. Continuing to introspectively dig in their own dirt, the band entirely self-produced their newest record not only in an effort to create a more rootsy sophomore release, but to challenge themselves to move the wheels forward while accommodating respective jobs and growing families. Amid the chaos, If the Sky is Falling finds the band performing at a creative peak- with truly unforgettable melodies and inspired lyrics that brings the musical prowess of its members to the forefront. The album instantly captures the listener and carries you along lifes familiar roads. Enjoy the ride, and these tracks might just get you right with yourself.

Lyrics

Right Where I Belong

Written By: © Chris Barkley 2005

It’s no great design, this heart of mine
But it beats for your attention most of the time
I saw you in the light, your arms outstretched
But like a rogue wave on an otherwise still sea, I am complete

Would it be good to know you’re right where you belong?
Would it be good to see you’re right where you’re supposed to be?
Would it be good to know you’re right where you belong?
Would it be good to see a change… a change is gonna come

It’s no grave mistake, these words I say
So if you listen you can hear, I no longer fear the night
And it’s all that I can do, I’ll be here for you always, always, always
It’s no big surprise to find the answers right before your eyes

Would it be good to know you’re right where you belong?
Would it be good if we knew right where we’re supposed to be?
Would it be good to know you’re right where you belong?
Would it be good to see a change?

I’ve been lost, and I have been found
I’ve had friends who no longer come around
Now I’m searching for higher ground
That’s where you can find me

Would it be good to know you’re right where you belong?
Would it be good to see you’re right where you’re supposed to be?
Would it be good to know you’re right where you belong?
Would it be good to see...?

Would it be good to know…?
Would it be good to see...?
Would it be good to know…?
Would it be good to see...?

More Like Ewe

Written By: © Chris Barkley 2003

Oh my this high happened again
And I haven’t felt like this since I don’t know when
You just don’t know what you might do when it hits you

And I had a good feeling when I called you today
I’d have it all together what I wanted to say
But I only got a message said ‘Have a nice day’

What’s that you say? If I’m lucky maybe someday I’ll be more like you?

When I get it figured out just where to begin
You’ll find me out there on the road again
And it’s good to know that you’ve got a friend in me

And my world’s on a string
I tie it up to what appears to be
I don’t get upset if it has a little too much swing

But what’s that you say? Baby someday if I’m lucky I’ll be more like you?

Oh my this time it happened again
And I haven’t felt like this since I don’t know when
You just don’t know what you might do when it hits you

And if your world’s on a string
Just tie it up to what appears to be
Now don’t get upset if it has a little too much

It Is What It Is

Written By: © Chris Barkley 2003

You think your well’s run dry
Cover pennies on your eyes
You think your paper boat is sinking
Well you only get one life my friend, and now’s the time to start living

It is what it is
Maybe not what it’s supposed to be
It is what it is
Maybe just what it’s supposed to be

And sometimes a passing thought escapes you
You fear that love might do the same (Sometimes the rain’s your only friend)
That’s just how it is sometimes, and then one day swept away
If you don’t feel like dancing well that sure would be a shame…

You think it’s just been one of those days again
You got your back to the wall, but the wall’s not caving in
You got to push on through, when there’s not much left to lose
You turn loose from the bottom and start over again

It is what it is
Maybe not what it’s supposed to be
It is what it is
(It is what it is)
Maybe that’s what it’s supposed to be

It is what it is
It is what it is
It is what it is
It is what it is

Breathe

Written By: © Chris Barkley 2006

It’s raining in the city . . . as I head underground
It always takes a fast train – too many streets in this town

And maybe I’ve . . . been missing out for so long
When I close my eyes I can dream . . . out loud . . .

Life in a puddle . . .just needs some room to run
But there’re cracks in the sidewalk . . . as deep as kingdom come

And it’s a long day, it’s such a long day without you
I close my eyes . . . and I can see again, I can feel again . . .

You linger on, how you linger on my mind. So many miles away, one steady ocean of time

You stole my breath away when you came, brushed back the clouds and the rain
Now I roll like a wheel . . . to catch up with the sun…
To catch up with you . . . . but it’s
Over . . . so much is already over
I close my eyes . . . so I can see again, to believe again . . .

And we can dream . . . we can be, we can breathe
And we can be . . . we can breathe
And it’s a beautiful life . . .
A beautiful life . . . oh . . .
A beautiful life . . . It’s a beautiful life . . .you know…
A beautiful life . . . It’s a beautiful life . . .oh

Talk

Written By: © Chris Barkley 2006

What’s going on what’s going can you tell me?
I saw it all; I saw it all on my TV
Frustrated and paranoid
I turned down the lights I locked my door
Can you tell me, won’t you help me please?

I get the feeling
I get the feeling you’re not
I get the feeling you’re not listening anymore

I heard the news… it’s no use, so confused today
I heard you’ve got more than time to kill today
Something’s missing but you won’t say

No you can’t pull a bullet from a smoking gun
You can’t catch the rabbit when he’s on the run
You’re gonna get what you deserve for the things you’ve done

I get the feeling
I get the feeling they’re not
I get the feeling they’re not talking anymore…
Talking anymore…

I get the feeling
I get the feeling
I get the feeling
I get the feeling

Home

Written By: © Kevin Thornton 2005

I’m the only ordinary animal you know.
You found a way to take me in.
You asked for more, I gave you February,
I won’t be coming back again.

You made me question everything I ever did.
I never lost my faith.
I know I’ll come out stronger in the end,
But it’s all more than anyone can take.

Everywhere I go is home, and I can’t be the only one . . .
And I’ll turn it around.
I fall back off my broken feet, and angels sing me right to sleep . . .
And you lay me down . . .

May you find solace in the things that bring you down
May the arms of love not keep you there
I know you and your friends wish nothing but the best for me,
But I need to hear it from someone . . . somewhere . . .

Everywhere I go is home, and I can’t be the only one . . .
And I’ll turn it around.
I fall back off my broken feet, and angels sing me right to sleep . . .
And you lay me down . . .

Cover your bones and pack your clothes, and oh, the places you will go,
And you will see where I have been.
Well, your face will feel it and your head will steer it,
And you may not see me, but I’ll know you’re there.

Everywhere I go is home, and I can’t be the only one . . .
And I’ll turn it around.
I fall back off my broken feet, and angels sing me right to sleep . . .
And you lay me down . . .

You lay me down
You lay me down
You lay me down
You lay me down

What Else Do I Need

Written By: © Chris Barkley 2006

Just like the seven wonders
Just like the human race
Just what I always needed
When I see your smiling face

Just like Cleopatra
Just like Robert Frost
When your roof is leaking
You take your shoes off

And when you’re away from me you take the blue from the sky, from my eyes

Just like it used to be
Just like the good old days
Just like the magazines
Gatsby and Josephine

You got everybody talking
You’ve got your flowers in bloom
And I feel like dancing the night away
Under that silver moon

And when you’re away from me
You take the stars from my night
Then you fly, high

You started something now…
Let's get it going now…
You got it right now…
And that's just like being in love

I’ve got you tell me what else do I need ?
I’ve got you tell me what else do I need ?

And when you’re away from me you take the blue from the sky, from my eyes

That's just like being in love
That's just like being in love
Just like being in love

Christmas Comes To Town

Written By: Chris Barkley

Christmas Comes To Town -C. Barkley
Sleigh bells are ringing
Somewhere snow is on the ground
Choirs of angels singing
When Christmas comes to town

I’ll be your Santa Claus
When you need someone around
There’s no need to be lonely
When Christmas comes to town

Please don’t let the New Year find you blue
The gift of love is right within your heart just waiting for you

You’ll be my shining star
If in a silent night I am found
So let there be peace on earth
When Christmas comes to town

Please don’t let the New Year find you blue
The gift of love is right within your heart just waiting for you

So hear those sleigh bells ringing
Let it snow, let the snow come on down
All the children singing
When Christmas comes to town
When Christmas comes around
When Christmas comes to town

Discography

Take Me With You -Tire Swing Records

If the Sky is Falling - Tire Swing Records

Set List

We offer a full show of our own material and are equally comfortable mixing in half a show's worth of favorite cover tunes. We show up ready to play for as long as you'll have us, and we'll typically cover a wide range of artists including Talking Heads, Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Cake, Soul Coughing, Taj Mahal, and many others.